Alex Kozan (above) saw his Tigers struggle to move the football vs. Georgia.
“We didn’t get it done, we got our butts kicked,” Kozan noted. “I don’t think there is any other way to say that. Six straight three-and-outs (in the second half) is unacceptable.
“It is a shame because we let down our defense,” he said. “Our defense played a hell of a game, but you have got to own it. I own that. We didn’t get it done.”
With the loss the Tigers saw their six-game winning streak snapped and the game ended their chances of winning the SEC West.
Asked about the lack of success throwing the football and the pass protection, Kozan said, “They brought a couple of exotics (blitzes) and got us a couple of times, but for the most in our offense it comes down to getting a first down. That is when it can really get clicking. We didn’t have a first down in the second half. That speaks for itself.”
The senior guard noted the Tigers missed their top rusher, Kamryn Pettway, who was a no-go with a quadriceps injury. “You definitely lose that bruiser factor,” he said. “We don’t have any other guy like Pettway. Not having him tonight definitely hurt.”
In other news and notes:
*For the first time in the AU-UGA series since 2004, the Auburn defense did not allow any first half points.
*The Tigers extended their streak to seven games without allowing a rushing touchdown. For the season the AU defense has allowed just 15 touchdowns.
*Carl Lawson moved into a tie for ninth place with Reggie Torbor in 2003, Quentin Groves in 2006 and Corey Lemonier in 20111 for quarterback sacks in a single season with 9 1/2.
*Auburn has held eight of its opponents this season under 20 points.
*Auburn’s 10 first downs were a season low for the offense as was the 164 total yards. It was the lowest total for an AU team since gaining just 163 vs. Alabama in 2012 when Gene Chizik was head coach.
*Tony Stevens returned from injury and made his first catch since the Mississippi State game on October 8th. The senior ended up leading the Tigers in receiving yardage for the game with 14.
*Kerryon Johnson threw his first two college passes and completed both for 10 total yards. His 99 rushing yards are a personal-high in an SEC game.
*Auburn held the football for six minutes and two seconds on its 15-play touchdown drive, the longest of the season in time of possession.